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Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits Book 5) by [McGarry, Katie]
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"Again, McGarry writes in a way that allows readers to be privy to the intimate and heartwrenching thoughts of her characters, in such spectacular fashion that it's easy to forget one is reading fiction. Breaking the Rules may be a companion novel to Pushing the Limits, but it's a fantastic standout nonetheless." ~ RT Magazine Top Pick and 4.5 Star Review


"BREAKING THE RULES is amazing, heartbreaking, sexy and sweet -- Katie McGarry as usual blew me away." ~ Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling author of the ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND series


"Echo and Noah stole my heart - and my breath - again. Bravo, Ms. McGarry, for another gripping, romantic ride." ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Tammara Webber


"As they try to put to rest a past that still haunts them I became more deeply attached to Noah and Echo than ever. The connection between them has only grown more intense--their chemistry is explosive!
Highly emotional and hugely inspiring... I had an ache in my chest as I turned each page, willing these beautiful characters to find themselves and their happy ending." ~ New York Times Bestselling author Samantha Young of On Dublin Street

About the Author

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

Product Details

  • File Size: 883 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (December 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M6G8M6U
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was over the moon when I found out that Katie McGarry was going to write another book about Echo and Noah since I fell completely in love with them in Pushing the Limits. Their story was far from over, though, and I was eager to see what would happen next. Breaking the Rules picked very soon after the first book ended, so we are truly able to see the ups and downs of Echo and Noah’s relationship. Their journey continued to be incredibly emotional yet beautiful. Both struggled with holding onto hope for their future while trying to let go of the past. Their pain and belief that the other was going to leave at some point felt so palpable. I wanted to reach into the book time and time agian to give them each a hug.

McGarry did a wonderful job of making Echo and Noah feel like real teenagers. While they did have painful pasts that not many young adults their age have, they were still trying to figure out what to do with their lives like regular 18-year-olds. The love the couple shared radiated off of the pages. It was much more than just a first love. Somehow I knew no matter what they went through they would stand together in the end. That is not to say that McGarry didn’t hurt my heart several times along the way, though. Breaking the Rules was a touching story about love, family, hope, forgiveness, and letting go. I have enjoyed every minute of Echo and Noah’s journey, and I can only hope that we will see more of them one day.
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I have to admit I was a little nervous when I picked up Breaking the Rules, I absolutely loved both Echo and Noah in Pushing the Limits and I was worried about seeing them go through even more trouble and heartbreak after they were supposed to have got their happy ending. However, if you consider everything that they've both been through and the effect that has had on them it wasn't surprising that their happily ever after wouldn't come quite so easily and I was quite glad that Katie McGarry was brave enough to revisit their story and make them work at it.

Both Echo and Noah have been left damaged by the events in their pasts, they have trust issues, they're insecure and they constantly worry about being abandoned. They've both lost people they loved and they've also been let down by people who should have been there for them so it isn't surprising that they live in fear of it happening again. They are madly in love with each other but that doesn't mean that their issues have gone away and now more than ever they need support and help to come to terms with their problems and find new coping mechanisms. They have to learn to trust in each other and to put their fears to one side so they can enjoy the moment rather than constantly worrying about what might happen in the future. The couple have spent the summer travelling and enjoying just being together but the closer they get to returning home the more their old lives start to weigh on them bringing things to the front of their minds again.

I'm not going to lie, Breaking the Rules was a painful read at times, it was hard to see Echo and Noah's relationship start to fall apart, especially after I'd rooted for them so hard throughout the first book.
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By Jude on March 30, 2015
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~4-4.5/5

I really wish this were released in physical copy, but oh well. There’s no way I was not going to get this book, no matter the format.

I’d forgotten how much I liked Noah and Echo from the first book. Now, we get to see them dealing with their lasting issues, only now together and wanting to stay that way.

I loved the New Adult aspect of this novel, now that they’re out of high school and on the road, only the two of them. They’re more mature now, and they’re very happy to be together.

This book was pretty angsty, though. They fight several times, trying to deal with their own issues as well as the ones they have together. They want the same things, but they have a very hard time telling them to each other. Some of it was so aggravating. Noah makes one big, stupid step in this book that’s pretty much the climax, and he’s so frustratingly dumb about it. Because, just, Noah, really?

Noah is trying to be the man he thinks Echo deserves, trying to do everything too fast and making himself doubt. Then Echo wants to do her art, while dealing with her mother and her scars. Then Noah’s family comes in the picture. Everything gets messed up, before it can even try to get better. The fact they’re together lets us see them be a couple, do couple things and plan together, and do more steamy things. That was nice.

Also, we see Isaiah several times, and I love him. He’s such a good friend to both of them. And it just made me want to re-read his story.

The whole story went by so fast, though, and I loved it. The ending was so great.

I can’t wait for her next book.

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
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I'm going to be incredibly honest in the next sentence folks: I almost wish I hadn't read Breaking the Rules. It's not because it is a bad book or because I think Katie has lost her connection with her characters, but because I think I much prefer Pushing the Limits Echo and Noah to Breaking the Rules Echo and Noah.

There seemed to be a lot of drama for the sake of drama and I thought we had gotten past that with these two. Yes, I know they would still have problems, nothing was going to be magically fixed, and they're both still teenagers but . . . it just seemed nonsensical. While Pushing the Limits gave me feels and the hope that these two crazy kids will make it, Breaking the Rules gave me eye rolls, minimal feels, and the feeling that maybe they aren't meant to be. I know! I know.

We still see Echo and Noah make appearances it the series subsequent novels and back in April Katie teased on Facebook that she "might have just typed the phrase 'Noah's fiance, Echo' in Abby and Logan's story, Chasing Impossible" (which gives me super feels!) so I know they're not doomed in the World of McGarry, but Breaking the Rules felt final. Too beginning on the end-ish, even with the happy ending (not a spoiler because we still see them together in the next books).

Katie's writing is wonderful and she knows how to weave a romance, there's no question about that. There are still some of the sweetest moments between Noah and Echo - definitely moments of swoon worthyness. And by the end of Breaking the Rules these two have definitely grown as characters both individually and within their relationship, which is truly a saving grace.
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